The phrase "...he decended into hell...." of 'The Apostles Creed' is grossly defective.
For one thing, such words are found nowhere in the entirety of the canonical Sacred-66-books of the infallible Judeo-Christian (i.e. Old-&-New-Testament) Holy Bible, and thus there is absolutely NO Hebrew or Greek manuscript nor textual basis for such misleading (and even somewhat antisemitic) semantics (similar to the wording in the Creed of blaming Pontius Pilate alone the one who was responsible for Christ being crucified under).
Added to that, there are no other words in the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation which even remotely either infer or insinuate the idea expressed by "...he descended into Hell...".
From a purely logical point of view, it should be obvious that "Hell" (in the sense of The Lake of Fire) does not yet exist as a place of perpetual torment for those damned-to-be dead who have not yet been judged at The Last Judgment on The Last Day spoken of in Daniel 12:2, Natthew 25:31-46, and Revelation 20:12.
There would be no cause nor benefit for the sinless Christ to descend into Hades to be tortured even for a moment, nor to greet or shake a few hands with the damned down there, and thankfully the Nicene Creed (upon which the famous classical composers based the lyrics of their requiems and masses) has no such reference to Christ "descending into Hell."
What do presently exist are both Hades and Paradise as now-revealed-by-the-New-Testament separate but related components of Sheol (i.e. the abode of the dead, or: the Pit).
Job 33:18 He keeps back his soul from the Pit, his life from perishing by the sword.
22 His soul draws near the Pit, and his life to those who bring death.
24 ....and he is gracious to him, and says, 'Deliver him from going down into the Pit, I have found a ransom
28 He has redeemed my soul from going down into the Pit, and my life shall see the light.'
30 ...to bring back his soul from the Pit, that he may see the light of life.
Psalm 16:10 For You do not give me up to Sheol, or let Your godly one see the Pit.
28:1 A Psalm of David. To thee, Oh LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if You be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the Pit.
30:3 Oh LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.
30:9 What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it tell of Your faithfulness?
49:9 ...that he should continue to live on for ever, and never see the Pit.
88:4 I am reckoned among those who go down to the Pit; I am a man who has no strength
88:6 You have put me in the depths of the Pit, in the regions dark and deep.
103:4 ...who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy
143:7 Hurry to answer me, Oh LORD! My spirit fails! Hide not Your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.
Proverbs 1:12 like Sheol let us swallow them alive and whole, like those who go down to the Pit
Isaiah 14:15 But you are brought down to Sheol, to the depths of the Pit.
14:19 but you are thrown out, away from your sepulchre, like a loathed untimely birth, clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword, who go down to the stones of the Pit, like a dead body trodden under foot.
38:18 For Sheol cannot thank You, death cannot praise You; those who go down to the Pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
51:14 He who is bowed down shall speedily be released; he shall not die and go down to the Pit, neither shall his bread fail.
Ezekiel 26:20 ...then I will thrust you down with those who descend into the Pit, to the people of old, and I will make you to reside in the nether world, among primeval ruins, with those who go down to the Pit, so that you will not be inhabited or have a place in the land of the living.
28:8 They shall thrust you down into the Pit, and you shall die the death of the slain in the heart of the seas.
31:14 All this is in order that no trees by the waters may grow to lofty height or set their tops among the clouds, and that no trees that drink water may reach up to them in height; for they are all given over to death, to the nether world among mortal men, with those who go down to the Pit.
31:16 I will make the nations quake at the sound of its fall, when I throw it down to Sheol with those who go down to the Pit; and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, will be comforted in the nether world.
32:18 Son of man, wail over the multitude of Egypt, and send them down, her and the daughters of majestic nations, to the nether world, to those who have gone down to the Pit
32:23 ...whose graves are set in the uttermost parts of the Pit, and her company is round about her grave; all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who spread terror in the land of the living.
32:24 Elam is there, and all her multitude about her grave; all of them slain, fallen by the sword, who went down uncircumcised into the nether world, who spread terror in the land of the living, and they bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit.
32:25 They have made her a bed among the slain with all her crowd, their graves round about her, all of them non-circumcised, slain by the sword; for terror of them was spread in the land of the living, and they bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit; they are placed among the slain.
32:29 Edom is there, her kings and all her princes, who for all their might are laid with those who are slain by the sword; they lie with the non-circumcised, with those who go down to the Pit.
32:30 "The princes of the north are there, all of them, and all the Sidonians, who have gone down in shame with the slain, for all the terror which they caused by their might; they lie uncircumcised with those who are slain by the sword, and bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit.
Jonah 2:6 ...at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me for ever; yet You did bring up my life from the Pit, Oh LORD my God.
Revelation 20:3 ...and threw him into the pit (or bottomless pit, or abyss - I'm not sure which), and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while.
Luke 16:19 There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day.
20 And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, full of sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried;
23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.'
25 But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish.
26 And besides all this, between us and you a Great Chasm has been Fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.'
Acts 2:27 For You will not abandon my soul to Hades, nor let Your Holy One see corruption.
Acts 2:31 ...he foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.
Revelation 1:18 ...and the living one; I died, and hey, I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
6:8 And I saw, and hey, a pale horse, and its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him; and they were given power over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
20:13 And the sea gave up the dead in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead in them, and all were judged by what they had done.
20:14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire
Matthew 17:1 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart.
2 And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light.
3 And hey, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.
Luke 9:28 Now about eight days after these sayings He took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.
29 And as He was praying, the appearance of His countenance was altered, and His raiment became dazzling white.
30 And hey, two men talked with Him, Moses and Elijah,
31 who appeared in glory and spoke of His departure, which He was to accomplish at Jerusalem.
Luke 23:43 And He said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
Notice the vital and crucial differences in certain English Bible translations:
Psalm 139:8 (RSV) If I ascend to heaven, thou art there! If I make my bed in Sheol, thou art there!
Psalm 139:8 (KJV) If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
It is both lamentable and deplorable that the KJV and the RSV each have the blasphemous audacity to be termed: 'The "Holy" Bible' - being that obviously the KJV has the incorrect word hell for their misrendition of Psalm 139:8...while the RSV, NASV, and most other modern pseudo-translations of "The Holy Bible" are rife and reeking with footnote alternatives to the main text, causing uncertainty and confusion in the minds of readers (imposed by equally uncertain and confused quasi-disbelieving translators and editors and publishers) who then seriously question what allegedly is and what purportedly is not: the "inerrant" Word of God.
Although the adiaphoric (non-Scriptural Text) "Apostles-Creed" phrase "....he descended into hell..." is found nowhere in the Bible, the following passages DO speak of phenomena related to the descending into and residing within the grave, and physical or spiritual contact with the dead confined in Sheol (without distinguishing whether the component thereof of Hades or Paradise are delineated):
Ephesians 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling,
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in you all.
7 But to every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Therefore He says, "When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men."
9 Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He who descended is the same also as He who ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.
First Peter 3:18 For Christ also once suffered for sins, the just for the injust, that He might bring us to God, indeed being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;
19 in which also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
20 to disobeying ones, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls were saved through water;
21 which figure now also saves us, baptism; not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ
As stated previously, it is both lamentable and deplorable that the KJV and the RSV each have the blasphemous audacity to be termed: 'The "Holy" Bible' - being that obviously the KJV has the incorrect word hell for their misrendition of Psalm 139:8...while the RSV, NASV, and most other modern pseudo-translations of "The Holy Bible" are rife and reeking with footnote alternatives to the main text, causing uncertainty and confusion in the minds of readers (imposed by equally uncertain and confused quasi-disbelieving translators and editors and publishers) who then seriously question what allegedly is and what purportedly is not: the "inerrant" Word of God.
Consider the following:
Matthew 6:13 (RSV) And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.
13 (Douay) And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.
13 (JB2000) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
13 (KJ21) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.
13 (NKJV) And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
13 (VULGATE) et ne inducas nos in temptationem sed libera nos a malo
13 (YLT) ‘And mayest Thou not lead us to temptation, but deliver us from the evil, because Thine is the reign, and the power, and the glory to the ages. Amen.
13 (IGNT) kai mh eisenegkhv hmav eiv peirasmon alla rusai hmav apo tou ponhrou oti sou estin h basileia kai h dunamiv kai h doxa eiv touv aiwnav amhn
13 (TR) kai mh eisenegkhv hmav eiv peirasmon alla rusai hmav apo tou ponhrou oti sou estin h basileia kai h dunamiv kai h doxa eiv touv aiwnav amhn
Notice that the JP2000, the KJ21, the NKJV, and YLT, and both the Greek-Text (albeit in English-lettering transliteration) of the Textus Receptus (or: Received Text) AND the Scrivener/Trinitarian Greek Text (i.e. the IGNT) have the phrase: "...the kingdom [reign], and the power, and the glory, forever [to the ages].
Because the JP2000, the KJ21, the NKJV, and YLT have Greek-Text backing regarding BOTH Greek Texts, they are obviously correct...while the RSV, Douay, and Vulgate are - in this instance - incorrect.
The RSV has, as with various other here-incorrect modern pseudo-translations, the kingdom/power/glory phrase relegated to a footnote instead of keeping it in the main text which they clearly should instead have done.
Does it matter what incorrect manuscripts have printed in errantly omitting the kingdom/power/glory phrase? Must such defective manuscript scribblings be taken into consideration? There are a million and more ways to do things wrong, but only one way to do things right, in this case.
Moreover, it does not matter that all translations agree pertaining to the lack of kingdom/power/glory phrase indicated below:
Luke 11:4 (RSV) and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation."
4 (Douay) And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.
4 (JB2000) And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
4 (KJ21) And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
4 (NKJV) And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one."
4 (VULGATE) et dimitte nobis peccata nostra siquidem et ipsi dimittimus omni debenti nobis et ne nos inducas in temptationem
4 (YLT) and forgive us our sins, for also we ourselves forgive every one indebted to us; and mayest Thou not bring us into temptation; but do Thou deliver us from the evil.’
4 (IGNT) kai afev hmin tav amartiav hmwn kai gar autoi afiemen panti ofeilonti hmin kai mh eisenegkhv hmav eiv peirasmon alla rusai hmav apo tou ponhrou
4 (TR) kai afev hmin tav amartiav hmwn kai gar autoi afiemen panti ofeilonti hmin kai mh eisenegkhv hmav eiv peirasmon alla rusai hmav apo tou ponhrou
Such non-referencing kingdom/power/glory in Luke 11:4 does NOT require eliminate of the kingdom/power/glory phrase in Matthew 6:13, nor relegating it to a footnote in Matthew 6:13.
A simple story will illustrate this.
Suppose that a part of Keith's report declares: "Norman went to the store" - whereas a part of Robert's report declares: "Norman went to the store to buy some apples."
Does Keith's report segment contradict Robert's report segment? Of course not. Clearly, Robert's contains more information than Keith's, but neither one is discrepant against the other.
There is no need to question why Keith's segment is shorter than Robert's, nor question why Robert's segment is longer than Keith's. If you have any problems, talk to God about it, and the Holy Spirit who inspired each gospel author to write exactly what each actually wrote.
Nor should Robert's more detailed segment part be imposed into Keith's, nor Keith's shorter one into Robert's longer one, because that would be fraudulent misrepretation against (not "of") what they meant to and actually did write. In modern terms, that would be illegal copyright violation, punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.